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Title:Complete Tales & Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
Authors:Edgar Allan Poe
Info:Vintage Books (1975), Edition: Paper edition, Paperback, 1026 pages
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The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe (1914)


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I absolutely love Poe's works! For a while I had some of his poems framed up on my walls. My favourite has got to be Annabel Lee. I enjoyed each of his tales as well, laced with so much cleverness and humour as well as the dark themes that he's known for! I own several different collections of his that I picked up before finding this complete collection! ( )
1 vote sasta | Feb 1, 2017 |
"And much of Madness, and more of Sin, And Horror the soul of the plot." (pg. 65)

A powerful and well-presented collection of all the poetry and fiction works of Edgar Allan Poe, one of the most influential writers of all time. Best-known for his gargantuan influence on Gothic horror and psychological terror (e.g. 'The Tell-Tale Heart' and 'The Fall of the House of Usher'), Poe also pioneered the genres of science-fiction (such as 'The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall'), detective fiction (the Auguste Dupin mysteries, a clear antecedent of Sherlock Holmes), treasure hunting ('The Gold Bug'), time travel ('Mellonta Tauta') and, in his only novel, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket, seafaring adventure and catastrophe. Jules Verne, H. G. Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen King, Jack London, Fyodor Dostoevsky, H. P. Lovecraft, Robert Louis Stevenson… all owe a debt to Poe, and I could go on and on with more names. And I've not even mentioned his poetry yet: 'The Raven' is rightly considered one of the greatest and most influential poems of all time, whilst there are other heavy-hitters like 'Annabel Lee'.

There is also, surprisingly, some comedy (such as the final short story, 'X-ing a Paragrab'), even if there is also a lot of dense prosing throughout. For example, on page 374, the detective story 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue' begins talking about 'stereotomy' and the theories of Epicurus and 'late nebular cosmogony': weird stuff that you'd rightly not usually find in fiction. And it's not a rare occurrence: a lot of the stories possess such pseudo-academic irregularities. Indeed, one of the final pieces, a 100-page 'prose poem' called Eureka, is essentially a pseudo-scientific screed (if an interesting one).

That said, it is horror which is the enduring theme of Poe's body of work; as he writes in 'House of Usher', he is concerned with "all sentiments having terror as a basis" (pg. 300). He generates "an atmosphere of sorrow. An air of stern, deep, and irredeemable gloom" which hangs over everything (pg. 302). It is often chilling, and it can be heavy going, which is why I broke from my usual reading habits and dipped into the book occasionally over a period of months.

Nevertheless, there is a wealth and variety of material to get stuck into. If the best-known pieces remain those of the best quality, there's still plenty of dark goodness to be found in the lesser-known pieces, and I certainly feel rewarded for having read the full body of work rather than just a 'greatest hits' collection. Reading it over these past few months, I've immersed myself in the book's gloom and absolutely devoured it. It has gradually seeped into my being, and set the tone for many of my days, something which might not have happened had I tried to tackle it all in one go. As Poe writes as the first line of the first story, 'Metzengerstein', on page 113: "Horror and fatality have been stalking abroad in all ages. Why then give a date to this story I have to tell?" ( )
1 vote MikeFutcher | Nov 22, 2016 |
From his poetry I read:

Annabelle Lee
This is a re-read for me and one of my favourites from Poe. I remember the first time I read it vividly because my initial impression was "this isn't horror, this is sweet" with its singsong rhyming and talk about childhood sweethearts. Awww.... Ewww!! The horror hit me in a slow creepy sensation as he goes on to talk about that cold wind and I'll stop here because spoilers. If you've read it you know what I'm talking about. A re-read doesn't have the same horror-ific impact, but it's still pretty freaking creepy.

The Haunted Palace
This was on the same page as Annabelle Lee so I read it - meh. Nothing special but I could be losing something because its rhyming meter isn't a basic one so I was stumbling about a bit rhythm wise while reading it.

The Raven
I cannot think of the Raven without immediately seeing Vincent Price in my head; it's impossible and if there's anyone out there that has not seen Vincent Price perform Poe's The Raven I highly urge you to do so when you have a spare 10 minutes:
The quality of the video is pretty poor, but it's still worth it.

With that performance in my head, this re-read of the Raven was a lot more powerful and much smoother than my initial attempt.

This one immediately followed The Raven and since Lenore was the subject of The Raven I figured 'why not?', expecting more details. Nope. Again, unless the poetry is written for a grade schooler I stumble through it, so I might have missed some deeper horror here.

From his prose, I read:

The Masque of the Red Death
Oh, I liked this a LOT. So atmospheric, so richly detailed without being verbose. In just a few pages Poe captures both the grotesque and the horrific while creating a story that can be taken both literally and as an allegory. Loved this one.

The Purloined Letter
I'd heard of this one, of course, but until I started reading it I didn't know it was one of the Dupin mysteries. If I had known that, I'd have skipped it. It's a great mystery, but like all his Dupin stories it's twice as long as it has to be and serves as not only a platform for Poe's undisputed genius, but also as a stage from which Poe puts his ego on display. Lord can that man go on!

Words with a Mummy
I chose this because it's Halloween and - Mummies! I'd never heard of it before so I had no idea what to expect. What I got was hysterical! I loved this story so much and grinned the entire time I read it. This is a whole different side of Poe I'd love to see more of; a dry wit and a humorous look at our silly ideas about the progress of civilisation. If I'd read it without knowing who wrote it and someone tried to pass it off as a work of Wodehouse or similar, I'd not have disputed it.

My rating for the book is based on an average of the ratings I'd have the stories: I 5-star loved 3 of them and found the rest average. ( )
1 vote murderbydeath | Oct 11, 2016 |
An excellent compilation of all of Poe's works - short stories, novella, and poetry. His stunning prose and emphasis on creative, clear imagery has set him aside as a master to be remembered. Although the writing style is rather old-fashioned and high formal, it is mesmerizing how well he played with words to create masterpieces. His poetry remains my favorite of the pieces, he had a knack for conveying powerful imagery in little words.

His detective stories were not really my style, but his horror and gothic themed tales riveted me - I was delighted especially with the Masque of the Red Death, my personal favorite. His brilliance with suspense and tension is perfectly displayed in The Pit and the Pendulum, and madness and morbidity favorites were The Black Cat, The Premature Burial, and of course The Raven.

Who can ever forget the haunting Annabel Lee?

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1 vote ErinPaperbackstash | Jun 14, 2016 |
I feel that Poe’s reputation precedes him very much. This anthology represents a very thorough representation of his works and development and as such gives a great overview of Poe as a writer. What I found to be shocking though is just how conservative he rather was in his conception of poetry and composition. Granted, he represented a much needed urbanity for American letters in his erudition. I’m not trying to say that his perspective was all that traditional; as exemplified in his criticisms of the English Lake Poets and exaltation of other writers such as Shelley. Nevertheless in so far as poetry comes he does not come to match the changes in poetic conception that were evolving as much as he is often portrayed.

That being said, I do give him much credit in influencing literary criticism in regards to the prevalent American take in his supervening much of the prejudices that still pervaded such as the nationalistic and almost “blue-stocking” reception of American poetry. His complete reworking of the poetic form in regards to scansion is quite frankly remarkable and ingenious, despite the fact that he still maintained the superiority of this type of evaluation. This conservatism thus greatly influences his ideal of the poetic principle. Overall though due credit is deserved. He seems to represent the last true American “critic” (which he certainly should be counted among them just as much as he belongs to the literati of the time). His influence thus should be cherished, for it is only a matter of a few decades that the complete overthrow of poetic values was to supervene. He is a turning point as such, much as Shelley and Byron were for the English, though their contribution to actual theory in no way matches that of Poe. His perspicuous insight into French composition in regards to form became the very thing that heralded the next round of American poets, such as Crane and Pound, who through their following suit of Poe’s criticism of the ideal of “national” poetry allowed for the emergence of the international influence of letters that has ever since become the staple and bastion of artistic expression and re-evaluation. All in all, despite the volumes magnitude, it is best to read it from beginning to end, rather than just as a way to excerpt particular favorites.
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Evening Star [poem] by Edgar Allan Poe

A Dream [poem] by Edgar Allan Poe

The Happiest Day [poem] by Edgar Allan Poe

Romance : [ AKA Preface, and Introduction ] by Edgar Allan Poe

To Helen : [ AKA To - - - ] by Edgar Allan Poe

Israfel [poem] by Edgar Allan Poe

The City in the Sea [poem] by Edgar Allan Poe

The Sleeper by Edgar Allan Poe

Lenore by Edgar Allan Poe

The Valley of Unrest : [ AKA The Valley Nis ] by Edgar Allan Poe

The Coliseum {poem} by Edgar Allan Poe

To One in Paradise [poem] by Edgar Allan Poe

Hymn : [ AKA Catholic Htmn ] by Edgar Allan Poe

To F-- [poem] by Edgar Allan Poe

To - by Edgar Allan Poe

To F-S S.O-D : [AKA Lines Written in an Album] by Edgar Allan Poe

Bridal Ballad [poem] by Edgar Allan Poe

To Zante [poem] by Edgar Allan Poe

The Haunted Palace [poem] by Edgar Allan Poe

The Conqueror Worm by Edgar Allan Poe

Dreamland [poem] by Edgar Allan Poe

The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

Eulalie [poem] by Edgar Allan Poe

A Valentine [poem] by Edgar Allan Poe

To Mary Louise (Shew) [poem] by Edgar Allan Poe

Ulalume: A Ballad by Edgar Allan Poe

An Enigma [poem] by Edgar Allan Poe

For Annie by Edgar Allan Poe

To My Mother [poem] by Edgar Allan Poe

Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe

Metzengerstein [short story] by Edgar Allan Poe

The Duc De L'Omelette [short fiction] by Edgar Allan Poe

A Tale of Jerusalem by Edgar Allan Poe

Loss of Breath by Edgar Allan Poe

Bon-Bon by Edgar Allan Poe

Ms. found in a bottle and other stories by Edgar Allan Poe

The Assignation by Edgar Allan Poe

Berenice by Edgar Allan Poe

Eleonora by Edgar Allan Poe

Lionizing [short fiction] by Edgar Allan Poe

The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Phaall by Edgar Allan Poe

King Pest [Short story] by Edgar Allan Poe

Shadow - A Parable [short fiction] by Edgar Allan Poe

Four Beasts in One: The Homo-Cameleopard [short fiction] by Edgar Allan Poe

Mystification [short fiction] by Edgar Allan Poe

Silence by Edgar Allan Poe

Ligeia by Edgar Allan Poe

How to Write a Blackwood Article by Edgar Allan Poe

A Predicament by Edgar Allan Poe

The Devil in the Belfry by Edgar Allan Poe

The Man That Was Used Up by Edgar Allan Poe

The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe

William Wilson by Edgar Allan Poe

The Conversation of Eiros and Charmion by Edgar Allan Poe

Why the Little Frenchman Wears His Hand in a Sling [short fiction] by Edgar Allan Poe

The Business Man by Edgar Allan Poe

The Man of the Crowd by Edgar Allan Poe

The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe

A Descent into the Maelstrom by Edgar Allan Poe

The Oval Portrait by Edgar Allan Poe

The Colloquy of Monos and Una by Edgar Allan Poe

Never Bet The Devil Your Head by Edgar Allan Poe

Three sundays in a Week [short fiction] by Edgar Allan Poe

The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe

The Mystery of Marie Roget [Short Story] by Edgar Allan Poe

The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe

The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

The Gold Bug by Edgar Allan Poe

The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe

The Spectacles by Edgar Allan Poe

A Tale of The Ragged Mountains by Edgar Allan Poe

The Balloon Hoax by Edgar Allan Poe

The Premature Burial by Edgar Allan Poe

Mesmeric Revelation by Edgar Allan Poe

The Oblong Box by Edgar Allan Poe

The Angel of the Odd by Edgar Allan Poe

Thou Art the Man by Edgar Allan Poe

The Literary Life of Thingum Bob, Esq. [short fiction] by Edgar Allan Poe

The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe

The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherazade by Edgar Allan Poe

Some Words With A Mummy by Edgar Allan Poe

The Power of Words by Edgar Allan Poe

The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether by Edgar Allan Poe

The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar by Edgar Allan Poe

The Sphinx by Edgar Allan Poe

The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe

The Domain of Arnheim [short fiction] by Edgar Allan Poe

Mellonta Tauta by Edgar Allan Poe

Hop-Frog by Edgar Allan Poe

Von Kempelen and His Discovery by Edgar Allan Poe

X-ing a Paragrab by Edgar Allan Poe

The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

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Edgar Poe was born the son of itinerant actors on January 19, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts. Abandoned by his father and the later death of his mother, he was taken into the foster care of John Allan, a Virginia tobacco farmer. Now styled as Edgar Allan Poe, he distinguished himself at the University of Virginia but was equally adept at collecting debts from his assiduous gambling. His stepfather's disapproval shattered their fragile relationship and Poe left home to seek his fortune.

IN 1830 he married his cousin Virginia but despite his prolific activities - journalism, poetry, lecturing, short stories, publishing, criticism, and experimentation with fictional genres, including the detective novel which he virtually invented with the publication of 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue' (1841) - he received scant recognition for his efforts until the publication of 'The Raven' (1845). The poem's instant popularity gave him a new visibility in literary circles, but his personal situation remained desperate: poverty, illness, drink and the physical decline. IN 1849 he was found sick, injured and semi-conscious in a Baltimore tavern. Taken to hospital, he lingered on for four days, but he never recovered and on Oct 7th Edgar Allan Poe died at the age of 40.

He was one of the most original writers in the history of American letters - a genius who, thanks to his dire reputation, was tragically misunderstood during his lifetime. It was not until Baudelarie enthusiastically translated his work that he found a wider audience in Europe, and became not only an enormous influence on modern French literature, but also on the acclaimed work of writers such as Dostoevsky, Donan Doyle, and Jules Verne. This volume not only includes Poe's most well-known works but also over 50 of his poems.
A Collection of poems and short stories written by Edgar Allan Poe.
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